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Recommendations for 2" voltmeter and ammeter

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I'm looking for recommendations for circular 2" voltmeters and ammeters. Must be water proof, etc

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Just curious, but why spend the money on something that isn't very useful IMHO. A battery monitor would probably cost just a bit more than a voltmeter and an ammeter, and would provide you with far more useful information.

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Dog is right. One of the longstanding upgrades on a Catalina 30 is to eliminate the ammeter as it limits charge ability and add a voltmeter instead. And all that tells you is if you are charging or not.
On the other hand a battery monitor like the Victron BMV-600 will tell you voltage as well as ampere hours consumed and the state of charge.
BMV-600S and BMV-602S - Victron Energy
$175 at Jamestown Distributors.

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I apologize for not being more thorough. I have a Cat 22 with a very simple electrical system. I just want the voltmeter to tell if I am charging or not. Just ultra simple. Any recommendations for a nice waterproof brand of voltmeter?
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I would mount the voltmeter inside near the electrical panel.

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I use a little Vector voltmeter that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket (like this). It's actually pretty accurate, checked against a fairly high-end multimeter, and required zero additional wiring.
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